Culture, The Arts, and Society - Tainted Love: Gothic Romance

CLLC-L 210 / CLASS 10688 — Spring 2022

Location
Foster Martin 012B
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Anchored in the long-nineteenth century, “Tainted Love” examines the relentlessly discussed yet seldom scrutinized concept of romantic love, particularly where it collides with an aesthetic called the “Gothic.” We will examine how the Gothic was parodied (or was it?!) in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, tracing its evolution onto the windswept moors of Victorian England (also: vampires), and into the mid-twentieth century pulp Gothic Romance novel. At the same time (and in the same texts), we will also be tracing the trajectory of romantic love, examining Disneyfied fairytales and the classic RomCom. In addition to core readings, we will discuss a range of media from TV shows to Tinder profiles. We will watch and discuss several films including Beauty and the Beastand the 2020 #metoo film A Promising Young Woman. Among the questions we will ask are: What makes something Gothic? What makes something romantic? Where, how, and why are these two concepts intertwined? How do gender, sexuality, class, and race inform or influence perceptions of romance and/or the Gothic, and vice versa? How do these narratives teach us what to love versus what to fear?

Instructor: Sam Tett

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)